Posts tagged "Top Gun"
Mockingbird at the Movies: Days of Thunder and “You’re Out of Control!”

Mockingbird at the Movies: Days of Thunder and “You’re Out of Control!”

Days of Thunder is such a fun movie. For any who haven’t seen it, it’s Top Gun in race cars. Literally. Despite its therefore necessary fluff and Tom Cruise preening, Days of Thunder has at least one moment of true profundity. Here it is:

I would argue with Claire (Nicole Kidman) on one point: I don’t think that most people “automatically know” that they are basically unable to control anything about their lives. In fact, I think that the human impulse is to control every aspect of life, and we react very badly when control either slips away or is wrested…

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Mockingbird at the Movies: Desert Island Directors

Mockingbird at the Movies: Desert Island Directors

As we finish up 2009, how about something a little (or a lot) less theological this week?

Many great directors have put forth efforts this year (Tarantino’s Basterds, Anderson‘s Mr. Fox, Lee‘s Passing Strange, von Trier‘s Antichrist, Soderbergh‘s Informant!, the Coens’ Serious Man, and Jonze‘s Wild Things, to name just a few), and it got me thinking about directors. As you’ll no doubt already have noted, I love movies. In my perfect world, every day would end with a movie after dinner. One of the things that has always fascinated me is the stamp (or lack thereof) a…

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